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Wayword, Inc. (A Way with Words) Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 02/20/2015: Wayword, Inc. (A Way with Words)

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/08/2015: WAYWORD INC

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San Diego, CA

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Wayword, Inc. (A Way with Words) Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 02/20/2015: Wayword, Inc. (A Way with Words)

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/08/2015: WAYWORD INC

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Physical Address: San Diego, CA 92163 
EIN: 27-0277377
Web URL: www.waywordradio.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A30 Media, Communications Organizations
B Educational Institutions
B99 Education N.E.C.
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A34 Radio
Ruling Year: 2009 


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Mission Statement

A Way with Words, which receives no funding from NPR or KPBS, is more than a public radio program about language. We believe that people are naturally curious about the world around them, and that learning about language is a powerful means of helping them connect with each other and communicate more effectively. Our goal is to change the way people think and talk about language -- bridging the gap between academics and the lay public, making scholarly research accessible, and providing that information to as many people as possible in a way that entertains as well as inspires. Founded and nurtured here in San Diego, A Way with Words is now broadcast to listeners in 28 states, plus Mexico and Canada, reaching an estimated quarter-million listeners a week. Wayword, Inc., which independently produces and distributes the program free of charge, is supported by, and partners with, organizations and individuals who believe in lifelong learning and better human communication.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2010
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

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Leadership

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Leadership Statement:

We serve listeners in all parts of the world. Some are seeking to understand their own linguistic heritage. Others are eager to connect with others who share their curiosity about and love of language. Still others wish to polish their skills as speakers of English as a second language. We hear from more than 1,200 of them a month. Here's a sampling: I discovered your show about a year ago and listen to it every chance I get. I am 74, a retired imaging research technician, poet, and self taught artist. I am also a moderate to severe stutterer. Because of my speech impediment, I value the written word beyond measure. Without the opportunity writing gives me to express myself clearly and fluently, life would be less tolerable then it is. I so appreciate your show, find solace, encouragement and joy in learning about language and the journey it takes us through time and place. -- Indianapolis, Indiana Your show is fun, informative, educational, etc. But what tops all these is how much you enjoy this subject. Your love and passion for the subject comes out during the program. It is almost infectious!! I used to have my children listen to this as another example of being passionate about something and enjoying doing that. You are a big example and role model in that. -- Chennai, India

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Programs

Program: "A Way with Words" public radio show (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$500,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Adults
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Program Description:

A Way with Words is a popular, independently produced public-radio program about language--word origins, regional dialects, slang, linguistic diversity, grammar, and writing well. Wayword Inc. makes "A Way with Words" available to public radio stations nationwide and online by podcast.

Program Long-Term Success:

Long-term success for this program mirrors the overall goal of Wayword to encourage informed public conversation about language, and promote lifelong learning by researching, writing, producing, editing, and distributing a high-quality radio program about words and how we use them.

Program Short-Term Success:

*Expanding the show's audience via radio, podcast, web, and other platforms. * Developing additional educational materials for distribution online and via schools. * Partnering with other educational nonprofits.

Program Success Monitored by:

In terms of numbers, we measure success by the number of cities and towns where the show is currently broadcast (more than 70) and podcast downloads (more than 3.7 million since November 2007). Anecdotally, we can report that more than 1,000 listeners a month contact the show. They tune in to understand their own linguistic heritage, to connect with other lifelong learners, to polish their ESL skills, and be entertained while expanding their capacity to educate themselves. In addition to a devoted following in San Diego, the show has listeners worldwide. From an English teacher in Poland: I can't express how happy I am to find your podcasts on the Internet. I have downloaded and listened to 10 and I love them. I am also going to tell my advanced students about your website and podcasts, so very soon there may be more of us. From Ivory Coast: Thank you very much for your radio broadcast. As a non native speaker I mean to be able to understand the way American people speak.

Program Success Examples:

Emails like this one from an Oklahoma listener tell us we're doing something right: I wanted to share the inspiration you brought into my life. A few weeks ago, you nonchalantly used the phrase "linguistic heirloom." I really fell in love with the idea that language is passed from generation to generation, and that linguistic heirlooms are in some ways gifts or treasures to be carried on, taken care of, and even intentionally shared. I sent off an email to my 77-year-old grandma, asking her to write down any words or turns of phrase that she used to hear from her parents or relatives growing up. I think she loved having the chance just as much as I had in hearing her relive the memories and the relationships. It was a great opportunity to connect with her and have something to 'inherit.' It is far more than just people loving words. It's also loving people, relationships, and the things that we all share in common.

Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Top Five Accomplishments for 2013 * Produced, edited, and distributed 25 one-hour episodes for radio and podcast. * Gave more than a dozen interactive talks at San Diego schools, libraries, and civic organizations, and made appearances to help raise funds for literacy organizations. * Served even more listeners through our growing social media platform (103,000+ followers on Facebook, 16,000+ on Twitter, 715,000 on SoundCloud). * Raised $137,215 in gifts from more than 800 individual donors and $15,000 in corporate sales and underwriting. *Expanded our national broadcast reach to 26 states, quintupled our social media reach to more than 127,000 followers via Facebook, Twitter, and our weekly email newsletter. Top Five Goals for 2014 * Produce, edit, and distribute 28 one-hour episodes for radio and podcast. * Hire and train a development associate. * Hire and train an online producer for web content. * Give more public talks and lectures, explore affiliations with educational organizations for underwriting, and develop a series of lectures for senior citizens on language, brain health, and memory. * Continue fundraising toward the goal of being self-sustaining, including participating in the 2014 GiveBig drive in May, an online drive in September, and a year-end drive in December. We will also be seeking major donors with the help of a volunteer advisory committee of community leaders.

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